How old is too old to ride? This is something many of us hear when we see an aged individual controlling a motorbike or sitting in the back of one as well. Although, it is definitely true that at some point a person might not have the strength or the reflexes to properly maneuver the motorbike but is he or she not even allowed to sit in the back? Should age be a bar for a person to enjoy the thrill of life? There is no right or wrong age to sit in a motorcycle. And the Cavalry Fellowship Homes in collaboration with the New Age Riders Motorcycle Club is all set to give the aged residents the joy of a ride.
The Cavalry Fellowship Homes is a housing community, especially developed for retired individuals. The non-profit charitable community allows the residents to live their retirement years in a supportive environment that takes care of their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
The event, known as “Today a Dream Comes True Ride” was initiated when a resident mentioned to the employees of Cavalry Homes that she has never ridden a motorbike before. She also proclaimed that if given a chance, she would love to ride one.
Thus, the idea of the event was formed by Ashley Kohl - the medical records coordinator of Cavalry Homes. Ashley Kohl and her husband are passionate riders and recruited several of their motorcyclist friends to join them. The aim behind the event is to give motorcycle rides to the elderly residents of the Cavalry Homes.
Kohl says that the residents love the rides provided by her team. However, many seniors are more than 100 years of age and are unable to ride on the backs of the motorcycle. Ashley Kohl and her team have a solution for that too. She believes that there should be no bar amongst the residents which is why they provide side cars for those who can’t sit in the back. A lift is also provided for those who have trouble climbing in the back of the motorcycle. Furthermore, helmets are also given to the riders to ensure maximum safety.
Amongst the riders are some who have never in their life sat on a motorcycle. One of them is 102-year old Alice Schellenberger who was really excited about her first ride that took place in august of this year.
Another rider, the 105-year old Adam LaRose has been part of the event for all three years that it has been held. He shares the joy of riding a motorcycle with Dave Bender of Ephrata, a member of the New Age Riders Club.
The motorcycling event is much talked about at Cavalry Homes. The residents gear up with excitement of taking their first ride all year. According to Ashley Kohl, around 15 retired residents participated in the event. However, this year 30 occupants of Cavalry Homes have signed up for the ride of their lifetime.
Many people consider motorcycles as dangerous but motorcyclist’s enthusiasts claim that a person has not truly lived until they have taken at least one ride in a bike. And of course, according to the team at Cavalry Homes, age should be no bar to enjoy life.